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2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 26, 2020

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The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is the latest arrival of the automaker into the arena of high-riders with a stance for ultra-luxury that will hit the dealerships between December 2020 and January 2021. Carrying a price of $141,300, the Alpina XB7 takes the reins forward from the BMW X7 M50i in terms of performance as it gets an Alpina tuned 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can produce a majestic 612 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission, it transfers all of that power and punch to all the wheels through the Drive AWD drivetrain which is the standard fitment in its price.

2021 BMW Alpina XB7
2021 BMW Alpina XB7

Along with the absolutely bonkers powertrain, the interiors also get a significant upgrade in terms of luxury, technology, and comfort. You get the best-in-class flagship materials like Merino leather lining the seats, Alpina inspired interior trims with Alpina finished steering wheel, dual 12.3-inch touchscreens with the latest rendition of the BMW iDrive 7 infotainment system along with 16-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System. With 23-inch signature Alpina wheels and Alpina-specific design accents suffice for the increment in price. All set to ignite fires on the roads and in your hearts, the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 takes the fight right to the gates of well-known ultra-opulent competitors bearing the faces of the Bentley Bentayga, Aston Martin DBX, and the Mercedes Maybach GLS. With such a celestial lineup of dream vehicles, you might find yourself weak at the knees and more than excited to find which one wins. Time to find out.

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Pros

A big power bump over X7 M50i

Plush interiors

Dynamic performance

Cons

Competitors offer similar performance at a much lower price

What's New?

Infotainment upgrades make their way to the all-new XB7


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$141300

bodystyle

4-door SUV

passenger capacity

6

top speed

180 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

4.4L

horsepower

612 hp @ 6500 RPM

torque

590 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody BMW CLAR Platform

brake rotors (f/r)

15.7-in front and 15.5-in rear

dimensions

wheelbase

122.2 in.

length

203.3 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

5860 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

142 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5950 lbs.

payload capacity

1180 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.0 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/21 mpg

highway range

460 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4-year/50,000-miles

powertrain warranty

4-year/50,000-miles;

corrosion warranty

12 year

roadside assistance

4yr


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Styles

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 in Alpine White color 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 in Mineral White Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

9.5

Maintenance, Reliability And Warranty

8.0

Buying Advice

8.5

Engine And Performance

10

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

9.5

Exterior

9.0

Safety

10

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.5

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Base

Base

power
612 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
combined

$141,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $141,300 MSRP TBD 612 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4L, V-8, Premium unleaded
8-speed Automatic w/overdrive and auto-manual all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.8

Overall Rating


The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 sits at the summit of luxury, performance, and features for the automaker with a price tag of $141,300. Offered in a single trim, it draws its life force from a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 that was also present in the X7 M50i, however, with Alpina's optimization magic, it now produces 612 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. This power is tamed by an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission that puts it on all the wheels through the xDrive AWD drivetrain that is standard fitment. 

At the price it demands, the Alpina XB7 offers Merino leather upholstery, a powerful engine, captain's seats, dual 12.3-inch touchscreens with BMW iDrive 7 infotainment system, and various other top-of-the-line safety features. With its trendsetting streak of being insanely powerful at a competitive price, the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 faces competition from like-minded luxury performers, Mercedes Maybach GLS, Aston Martin DBX, and Bentley Bentayga V8.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 front view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 rear view

9.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

8.5/10
Buying Advice

10/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

9.5/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

10/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Features

9.5/10

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is a true one of its kind vehicle at an offer price of $141,300 and there are no additional trims available. It is powered by an Alpina tuned 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 that powers up all the wheels as standard. For the money it asks, the Alpina XB7 offers a whole new world of comfort, opulence, and technological advancement as it offers countless top-of-the-line features ranging from 40-zone climate control, Merino Leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable seats, 23-inch wheels with summer performance tires, and the latest and greatest in driver assistance tech ever fitted in a BMW vehicle.

Model

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

MSRP (AWD)

$141,300

Key Features

Adaptive LED headlights, fog lights, and taillights with active air-stream kidney front grille

 

Automatic dimming interior rearview mirror with dual illuminated visors and reading lights for all passengers

 

Four-zone automatic air conditioning with ambient interior lighting and heated and cooled front and rear dual-cup holders

 

Standard 20-way powered Merino leather-wrapped seats with heated front and rear seats with memory function and massaging function

 

Power panoramic moonroof with sliding and tilt function and power-folding side mirrors with anti-dazzle

 

Active driving assistant professional, active protection and parking assistant plus

  Dual 12.3-inch touchscreens with BMW Drive 7 infotainment system and 16-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System
  23-inch Signature Alpina Design wheels with Pirelli Summer Performance Tires and Alpina specific design accents

Besides the standard features, there is a whole new world of customization that awaits you. Here you can pick up or drop any and every feature that you don't find the use for. Ranging from the paintjob to the interior trims and feature upgradation, everything can be had for a price.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

8.0/10

While BMW as an automaker has always gotten rave reviews about their overall build quality, the ownership costs have usually been on the higher side. The reliability factor has also 

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Reliability Ratings and Recalls

BMW pays utmost importance to the quality of building its cars and conducts stringent checks in order to make sure that its cars are reliable. While the Alpina XB7 is the newest appellation from the automaker and hasn't been rated by J.D. Power for reliability, its soul sibling, the X7 scored 4 out of 5 stars in the reliability rating and an acceptable reliability score of 76 out of a possible 100 from J.D. Power. The scores from J.D. Power are derived from several parameters on the basis of user feedbacks and responses. The following is the breakdown of the score on those parameters:

Parameter Score out of 100 Verdict
Quality & Reliability 76 Great
Driving Experience 73 Great
Resale 74 Great
Dealership Experience 79 Great

Despite being a new vehicle, the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 has already seen a recall in its nascent lifespan. This recall pertained to a fault in the child seat tether which was not accessible for the middle rear seat. This directly translated to the child restraint system for the rear middle seat to be useless, and ultimately increased the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Hopefully, the ride will not see any other recall in the year to come and pass by with a clean streak.

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Cost of Ownership

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 finds itself as a part of the elite class of vehicles that form the dream-team of ultra-opulent high riders. Carrying a price tag of $141,300, you can very well understand that owning the car will not come cheap. The standard X7 which carries a starting MSRP of $73,900 costs about $82,000 to own for a period of 5-years. Hence, you can expect the true cost to own the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 to be in the ballpark of $190,000, and that too without any options. 

The majority of the ownership costs will be incurred in the first year owing to the heavy depreciation, state taxes, and financing fees, all of which are highest in the first year. From the second year itself, the hit of these parameters will decrease while other costs like fuel costs and maintenance costs will start to rise. If you want to offset some of these costs in the long term, then you can opt for an extended warranty plan that can help you out in that regard. 

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Warranty

Though the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 sits at the top of the price bracket and segment bracket of the BMW lineup of vehicles, the warranty is shortsighted with limited bumper-to-bumper coverage that is in place for 4-years or 50,000 miles; whichever comes first. The powertrain coverage is also for the same period while the roadside assistance is also in place for the same period, minus the mileage limit. The other coverages in the warranty are:

Warranty Coverage Period
Limited Bumper to Bumper Warranty 4 years / 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier
Powertrain Warranty 4 years / 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier
24-hr Roadside Assistance 4 years / unlimited miles
Corrosion Protection 12 years / unlimited miles
Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance 3 years / 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

For many, the limited bumper-to-bumper warranty might seem crippling and truly "limited" and hence they can opt for an extended warranty plan that can expand the purview of coverage to 7-years or 100,000 miles depending on your choice. There are various extended warranty plans that you can tailor to your specific usages.

Miles Per Dollar

The fact that the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is a costly ride to own is an understatement as you can expect the fuel costs to be around $3,300 when you run the ride for 16,000 miles annually. Add to that the average maintenance costs of $2,000 and you get a true big-bucks spending high rider. At those figures, you can expect 3.2 miles per dollar that you spend on it and consecutively, a cost of 31 cents per mile that you run it around. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Buying Advice

8.5/10

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is a feature-loaded car for the price it asks. While the interior trims and paint job are your own choices, we would recommend you to add the Rear-Seat Entertainment system for $2,200 extra as that will allow you to extend the courtesy of personal entertainment to the rear passengers.

This will also pay for itself in the long run as you will be in the rear seat more often than you might care to admit, and hence it will be a perfect addition over the MSRP of $141,300.

Is buying a used Alpina XB7 a good idea?

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is the first-ever appearance of the ride since its unveiling in May 2020. All set to hit the dealerships between December 2020 to January 2021, you will not be able to find a used one in the market at least for the next two years. That being said, when it does hit the market, it will probably be dirt cheap as compared to a new one since it's part of the elite class that depreciates heavily over the years. 

If you don't want to wait on buying a used Alpina XB7, then you can check out the deals we have on its sibling, the Alpina B7, or any other used BMW car

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Engine and Performance

10/10

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is powered by an ALPINA-tuned 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 engine that is clearly bonkers in its approach to roads as it produces 612 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque at the peak. This powertrain comes hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission that can put the power on all the wheels via the world-famous xDrive AWD transmission in the smoothest and quickest way possible. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 engine

The XB7 shares the powertrain with the X7 M50i which is the most powerful ride thus far but the Alpina will take that mantle from here on forwards. To extract even more grunt from that 4.4L V8, Alpina strapped new and bigger turbochargers along with their intercoolers, a souped-up transmission cooler to take care of all that ballooned-up torque, and a stainless-steel performance exhaust. 

Models

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

MSRP

$141,300

$165,000

$189,900 $160,500

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 (ALPINA Tuned)

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8  4.0L Bi-Turbo V8 with Hybrid System

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD AWD

Transmission

8-speed ZF automatic transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed Automatic  9-speed automatic

Power

612 hp @ 6500 RPM

542 hp @ 6000 RPM

542 hp @ 6500 RPM 558 hp

Torque

590 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

568 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

516 lb-ft @ 2,200 RPM 538 lb-ft

Compared to the rest, the BMW Alpina XB7 clearly comes out on top while the Mercedes Maybach GLS is next in line despite the majestic difference in the numbers. The Aston Martin DBX and the Bentley Bentayga both offer the same power at 542 hp but the Bentley takes the edge with better torque characteristics and leaves its English cousin out to dry. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Acceleration and Braking Performance

One of the most welcome and exalting changes for the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is its sheer love for performance. Push it down the track and the 0-60 mph is completed in a mind-numbing 4.0 seconds. For an almost 6000 lbs ride that comes with a top speed of 180 MPH, this feat actually seems godly. Push it further for the quarter-mile and that takes 12.4 seconds.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 accelerate 0-60 mph just in 4 sec

Behind those 23-inch wheels is the home for 15.5-inch brake rotors with Brembo performance brake calipers that remain calm in the direst of circumstances and impart a sense of confidence in the driver. Without even flinching, the car can come to a stop in a remarkably subtle manner whilst keeping the nosedive as a thing of the past. 

Models

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

0-60 MPH

4.0 secs

4.4 secs

4.3 secs

4.8 secs

Quarter-Mile 

12.4 secs

12.2 secs

11.9 secs

N/A secs

Top Speed

180 MPH

180 MPH

181 MPH

178 MPH

60-0 MPH N/A 114 ft. N/A N/A

While the braking performance of none of the competitors is revealed save for the Bentley Bentayga, the 0-60 mph stats tell a different story. The Alpina XB7 comes out leading the pack with the English competitors, DBX and Bentayga in second and third place respectively. Unfortunately for the Maybach GLS, the pursuit for luxury comes at the expense of performance which is why it languishes in last place without a spot on the podium.

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Handling and Drive Experience

One of the many highlights of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is its love for the road which comes into full view when you take it out of your driveway. Along with keeping you comfortable, it pays special attention to driving up that adrenaline up your spine through the various drive modes that allow you to tap into the full potential of the 612 ponies. The 8-speed automatic transmission offers a sublime shifting mechanism that cycles through the gears like a hot knife through butter. 

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers a breathtaking driver experience

The adaptive suspensions and steering system work in perfect unison to make way for a unique and distinctive ride experience that automatically adapts to the change in the tarmac. With 1.6-inches of adjustment in the dampers, the ride offers ample road clearance to tread off-roads when you want to. Even with all of these things, the steering wheel still suffers from a muted response like all other Bimmers which might be a little turn-off for the spirited drivers. That being said, even when you are cutting tight corners, you will not have to worry about the body roll as the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers Active Roll Stabilization and keeps the ride planted to the road.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Fuel Economy

6.5/10

Buying the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is a dream for many, however, its MPG figures are far below the stature of any other Bimmer for that matter. The fuel costs are going to run high mostly because the Alpina XB7 offers 15 MPG in the city, 21 MPG on the highway, and 18 MPG combined. With these kinds of figures, the brand has taken extra steps to mask this shorthandedness as it comes with a fuel tank with a total capacity of 21.9 gallons. After a full refuel stop, you can expect a total range of 328.5 miles overall which is adequate enough if you are not going cross country.

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

MPG (City)

15

16

18

16

MPG (Highway)

21

23

24

21

MPG (Combined)

18

17

17

18

Fuel Tank Capacity

21.9 gallons

22.5 gallons

22.5 gallons

20 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

 394 / 460 / 328.5

315 / 517.5 / 382.5

355 / 473 / 335

320 / 420 / 360

As far as sheer numbers go, the Aston Martin DBX takes the pole position with its superb numbers, at least in this lineup. The DBX's English brother from another mother, the Bentley Bentayga comes in biting its tail in the second spot with almost similar MPG figures. The astonishing entrant is the Mercedes Maybach GLS which actually becomes fuel-efficient on account of marginally better city economy as compared to the BMW Alpina XB7, leaving the latter out in the grey to sit in wonderment of trying to attain a spot on the podium.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Interior

9.5/10

Open the gates of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 and be prepared to be blown away with the sheer excellence of build quality of the interiors. Ranging from Merino leather upholstery on the seats, dashboard, and door panels to Alpina Lavanian leather with contrast stitching on the steering wheel, you are in for a world of luxury. The dashboard is home to the lockable glovebox, dual 12.3-inch touchscreens, and the A/C vents, all of which are tucked away neatly to keep in line with BMW's ethos of minimalist yet impactful design.

The center console is decorated with everything on it covered in glass or piano black veneers, the diamond-shaped gear knob, knurl-finished round touchpad, which is very similar to the regular X7 in terms of the basic design and layout of the cabin. Add to that the immensely comfortable 20-way power-adjustable and ventilated, massaging capable front seats with humongous amounts of bolstering, and you are all set to explore a new world of caressing your senses.

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers captain's seats in the second-row

Besides this, the cabin is lit up with ambient lights, and a huge panoramic sunroof in the Anthracite Alacantara headliner that lets in a ton of natural sunlight. While the standard X7 comes with bench seats in the second row, the Alpina XB7 offers the option to pick up captain's seats with heating in the second row. This reduction in seating capacity actually makes room for extra space for the two passengers who can sit like kings on their very own cozy thrones. To add an extra bit of spice, you can also get the Rear-Seat entertainment center for $2,200.

Even the third-row seats get ample space in the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7

Being the only one in the segment of ultra-luxury high riders to offer 3-rows of seating, the brand has made sure that even the last row remains spacious comfortable, and practical by providing 33.3-inches of legroom. Apt usage of its full-sized dimensions indeed. Unlike most other full-size SUVs, the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 concentrates on providing comfort more than pursuing a massive cargo-space.

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

Seating Capacity

6

5

5

4

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.9 / 60.0 / 39.8

40.3 / 41.7 / 41.7

N/A

40.4 / 59.3 / 40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9 / 58.1 / 37.6

38.0 / 40.9 / 40.9

N/A

40.2 / 56.1 / 43.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.6 / 47.9 / 33.3

N/A

N/A

N/A

Compared to the others, the BMW Alpina XB7 remains almost equally spaced in all rows. The Mercedes Maybach GLS actually offers more space in the back than in the front along with a seating capacity for only 4 people. This reduction in seating has been touted as the brand's approach of providing luxury and comfort more than practicality. The Aston Martin DBX and the Bentley Bentayga V8 are both offered with 5-seats as standard which is adequately spaced as well. The notable features of the interiors of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 are:

  • Extended Merino leather upholstery on seats
  • Anthracite Alcantara headliner
  • Instrument panel with Nappa Leather finish
  • Glass Controls
  • Illuminated door-sill finishers with ALPINA designation
  • Fully finished cargo area with velour carpeting and remote trunk release
  • ALPINA inspired interiors trims
  • Floormats with ALPINA emblem
  • Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system
  • Dual 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional screens with BMW iDrive 7.0
  • Remote Engine Start and Engine Start/Stop button
  • 20-way power-adjustable front seats with memory
  • Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic 2-piece glass panel
  • Power windows with key-off operation; "one-touch" opening and closing of all door windows, anti-trapping feature
  • Automatic 4-zone climate control with Active-charcoal micro-filter ventilation
  • Heated & Cooled Dual cupholders front and rear
  • Massaging front seats with Heated Front Armrests
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Multifunction Heated Steering Wheel with a power-adjustable steering column
  • Alpina LAVALINA leather upholstery on the steering wheel with signature Blue and Green stitching
  • Power outlets in the front center console storage compartment, rear center console, and trunk
  • Universal garage-door opener

How is the infotainment in the 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7?

The infotainment that the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers is a “Live Cockpit Professional” which comes with two 12.3-inch sharp and intuitive displays that can be operated by voice, by touch, or using the touchpad and can also be controlled using gestures. The system responds quickly and is very user-friendly and offers a world of connectivity and integration options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, and USB, among others.

​ The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 comes with a tech-friendly cockpit and infotainment setup

As standard fitment, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Surround Sound system is provided with a 464-watt amplier system. Remarkable at its approach, it offers a full feel of the music that you want to surround yourself with. The following are the standout features of the infotainment system of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7:

  • Dual 12.3-inch touchscreen system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Gesture-based control system
  • BMW's iDrive 7 infotainment system
  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon system
  • Real-time navigation system
  • SiriusXM Satellite and HD Radio

For those of you who consider their music quality as a make or break, you can opt for the 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins system with 1400-watt output for $3,400 extra. Furthermore, a rear-seat entertainment system can also be picked up for $2,200 that can give the second-row passengers control of what kind of tunes they want to listen to.

How much cargo space does the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offer?

While the overall build and materials get the upscale treatment with the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, the cargo space of 12.8 cu-ft remains similar to the BMW X7 on account of similar body dimensions. When all the seats are in place, this space is more than enough to carry along 2 medium suitcases or household supplies for one month. 

Both the second row and third row come with the fold-flat capability of 40/20/40 and 50/50 respectively which allows you to open the room up to a maximum of 90.4 cu-ft when needed. In this kind of space, you can even pop in your skis if needed.

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers 12.8 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third-row of seats​​​​​​

Besides the foldable seats, there are secondary storage spaces like the door pockets with bottle holders, a lockable glovebox, heated and cooled cupholders in all rows, and cubby space in the front center console and armrest. With so many spaces to stow away daily usage supplies, the 2021 Alpina XB7 certainly does not leave any stone unturned to offer practicality as well.

Models

2021 BMW Alpina XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

Cargo Capacity

12.8 cu-ft

17.1 cu-ft

22.5 cu-ft

18.5 cu-ft

Taking into account that the Alpina XB7 is the only one with 3 rows of spacious seating, it's understandable that its cargo space is the lowest. The Aston Martin DBX offers the maximum amount of cargo space and hopefully does not come at the expense of seating room. The Mercedes Maybach GLS and Bentley Bentayga V8 both get almost similar cargo space that is enough to carry along a lot of stuff even when they are made to offer bespoke luxury.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV shift knob
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV dashboard
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV center console
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV front seats
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV instrument cluster
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV rear seats
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV rear seats

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Exterior

9.0/10

If all you get is a glance at the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, you would probably pass it off as the BMW X7 since the former is based on the latter. However, when you look closely you will start to notice the subtle difference that begins with the front fascia. You get a chrome sill across the bigger and more pronounced front air vents along with blue laser light capable LED headlights as standard fitment. Along with that, there are subtle additions of chrome elements and the Alpina badging at the bottom to make the difference clear.

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 remarkably different from the X7 as it adds Alpina style elements for the price it asks

Move to the side, and you will notice the roof rails along with the giant 23-inch wheels that steal the show. The tires have been changed from all-season to Pirelli Summer Performance tires so that the car can stick to the road like glue. Furthermore, this makes room for a significantly higher ride height that comes into full view when you gauge it against the standard X7. With subtle usage of chrome accents, the brand has really made the exteriors of the car sing.

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

2021 Aston Martin DBX SUV 2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS 600

Curb Weight

5,860 lbs

5,360 lbs

4,940 lbs N/A

Length

203.3"

202.5"

198.3" 204.9"

Width

78.7"

79.1"

78.6" 79.9"

Height

70.7"

68.0"

66.1" 72.4"

Ground Clearance

N/A

8.0"

7.4" N/A

Wheelbase

122.2"

117.9"

120.4" 123.4"

Compared to its adversaries, the BMW Alpina XB7 is the bulkiest and that is evidently visible from the first time you lay eyes on it. While the Bentayga is essentially a mid-size crossover, it is almost as long as the Alpina XB7 and is actually marginally wider as well at 79.1-inches. The Aston Martin DBX is the most compactly built to cater to the performance side of things while the Mercedes Maybach GLS is the biggest one of the lot in all regards.

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers a pronounced diffuser, Alpina badging, and quad-tip chrome exhausts

The rear end of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 looks similar to the X7, except for the rounded quad-outlet chrome detailed exhaust and the pronounced diffuser which keeps the aerodynamic side of things in check. The biggest difference is the badging of course, which says "Alpina XB7" instead of the usual X7. The notable features of the exteriors are:

  • 21/23-inch wheels with Pirelli Summer Performance Tires
  • Quad-Exhausts with Chrome detailing
  • Alpina Badging on all sides
  • Chrome Accents on all sides
  • LED Headlamps with BMW Laserlight capability
  • Self-washing headlamps
  • LED Taillamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Remote Power-operated tailgate
  • Body-colored heated and power-adjustable rearview mirrors
  • Rear-window wiper/washer with adjustable wiping interval
  • Comfort Access keyless entry with hands-free trunk-lid opening
  • Soft-close automatic door operation
  • Automatic tilt-down of right outside mirror for visibility of curb when backing up

Along with the standard features, you also get the option to add your own personal touches to the overall build during the customization phase and bring the entire experience full circle in order to suffice for the price it asks of you.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV three quarter view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV front view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV three quarter view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV front view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV rear three quarter view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV left side view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV front view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 basic SUV tail lights

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Safety

10/10

The automaker has taken more than enough measures to make the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 as safe as possible by providing the latest and greatest driver assistance features that have ever been fitted on a BMW. Thanks to the Alpina badging, no expense is spared to make the ride safe and sound despite the absence of NHTSA and IIHS ratings. The following are the notable safety features that the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers as standard:

  • Parking Assistant Plus
  • Active Protection System
  • Fatigue and Focus Alert
  • Impact sensor
  • Rollover sensor
  • Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance
  • Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Front and Rear Cross-traffic alert
  • Hazard Preview

This list only serves as a teaser for the other insanely long list of safety features that the ride comes with as standard.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Competition

8.0/10

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 vs 2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

The 2021 Bentley Bentayga is the true-grit British Royalty that allows you to get the full feel of what it means to be surrounded by English elegance in the interiors. Ranging from bespoke ultra-luxury features to some unique ones like a champagne chiller, the Bentayga pursues luxury with style and substance walking hand in hand.

 2021 Bentley Bentayga V8

However, for the price tag of $165,000, the Bentayga offers lesser power, less number of seats, and lesser safety measures which is exactly where the Bimmer finds its dominance for its price and build quality. 

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 vs 2021 Aston Martin DBX

The 2021 Aston Martin DBX comes from the house of eternal grand-tourers builders that have made their first steps towards the high-rider arena. Being the costliest ride in this celestial lineup of ultra-opulent high riders, the Aston Martin DBX brings forth a stellar performance streak along with a driver-centric interior. It looks stylish and sleek along with smooth flowing lines that can be the envy of anyone really when you tread out on the roads. 

2021 Aston Martin DBX

Despite such majestic changes, the Aston Martin DBX seems short-handed in front of the BMW Alpina XB7 as the latter offers the most powerful engine, a lower price tag, and a world of safety and convenience features unlike any other car in the segment.

2021 BMW Alpina XB7 vs 2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS

The 2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS is the most recent entrant into the segment that gets the utmost upscale treatment along with a powerful engine under its long hood. Mercedes has always remained on the forefront of luxury and opulence and with the Maybach GLS, that only soars new skies with a price tag that is only marginally higher than the BMW Alpina XB7.

2021 Mercedes Maybach GLS

At the upgraded price tag, it offers a marginally better fuel economy as the only benefit as the Alpina XB7 offers the best-in-class power figures, top-of-the-line safety, and driver assistance tech, and the maximum number of seats. All of this in a price of $141,300 for getting the BMW Alpina XB7, quite simply proves why it's the ride of choice.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Final Verdict

8.5/10

With the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, the volume for all the aspects has been turned on full as the ride is more than ready to take its place among the greats. With its penchant for being practical, it caresses the senses with its keen eye for luxury, comfort, and safety, all at a price that is far lower than any competitors that have ever joined in the pursuit of being the best ultra-luxury traveler. 

Thanks to all of the features it offers as standard, the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 has upped the ante for everyone else whilst grabbing the title for being the best one in the segment thus far. So, if you want to join the ranks of the high-baller travelers, this is where you should begin.

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2021 BMW Alpina XB7 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 launch?

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 debuted in May 2020 and will reach the dealerships for purchasing between December 2020 to January 2021.

Is the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 related to the BMW X7?

Yes, the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 is based on the platform of the BMW X7, but adds a lot of luxury and performance features for the price it asks.

What do I get for spending $141,300 on buying the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7?

Carrying a price of $141,300, the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 612 hp. it also comes with dual 12.3-inch touchscreens, Alpina inspired interiors with upscale materials and features, Alpina specific signature style elements for the exteriors, and huge 23-inch wheels.

How long will the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 last?

The 2021 BMW Alpina XB7 offers a warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles and complimentary maintenance of 3 years or 36,000 miles. If taken care of properly, the Alpina XB7 should last for 150,000 miles easily.

What other cars can I buy for the price of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7?

At the price range of the 2021 BMW Alpina XB7, you can buy the Aston Martin DBX, Lincoln Navigator Black Badge, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Maserati Levante Trofeo, Bentley Bentayga, Mercedes Maybach GLS, Lamborghini Urus, Audi RS Q8. If you want to go above that budget, you can also get the Rolls Royce Cullinan. 

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